So 1949 was the start of the end for this valley - as we knew it!!!


Sir, There has been a great deal of controversy over the name Barren Jack. Well, I happened to be living at that place as far back as 1857 when there were in those days scores of blacks on the Murrumbidgee flats, and I became fairly well used to their language. I am to a fair extent familiar with it yet. Now the blacks' name for that place is Burreen- gic, meaning Big Fish.

I have known fish to be caught there weighing nearly 100lb. But the name has been corrupted by the white people the same as a place called "Blowering", at Tumut.,

The aboriginal name is "Bulla-roaren," meaning two standing; that is, they have seen two buckeens (Willa blackfellows) standing.

There are many other similar names, viz., Cootamundra, Adelong, Merrybindinyah, I can give the meaning of.

I am, etc.,


Canterbury. Feb. 21. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 2 March 1911).

Which is South of

Tumut Minicipal Shire Declaration - TUMUT, NSW - General information and Links

Hume & Hovell crossed this river about 6 miles upstream from this site.

This Web page is dedicated to the Early Pioneers from 1824 through to the final days and the Resumption & flooding of the Blowering Valley in about 1966.About 142 Years Of History Is Available for Rediscovering And Filing In Honour Of These Brave People, Who Took On The Elements And Won All "~ BUT THE LAST FIGHT ~"

We will travel from "EARLY RUNS" to "SQUATTERS PASTURAGE LICENSES" to "FULL OWNERSHIP" to the forced "RESUMPTION" of all privately owned Land in the valley in about 1966.

"The First signs of the "START OF THE FINAL ACT"

Local Towns & Farming Areas - Blowering Dam, photo record. - Some valuable "LINKS" - Including Explorers,Councils, Gold, Schools, Artists, Other, Accommodation, Service Groups and Local Families

1888 - TUMUT, FRIDAY. - The centenary celebrations wore a great success. All the business places were closed yesterday and to-day. Yesterday nearly 700 children marched in procession to the Recreation Ground, on tho bunk of the river, where a monster picnic was held. There was a large attendance. Athletic sports were carried out. A cricket match was played today, All Tradesmen v. Storekeepers, and was won by the latter by one wicket.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 28 January 1888).

1891 - THE CENSUS RETURNS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) QUEANBEYAN, FRIDAY . The consus returns for the TUMUT, area show the population of the Tumut electoratate be males 3886, females 2982; total, 6868, including 406 Chinese, seven of whom are females. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 9 May 1891).

This report is submitted in good faith. All endeavors have been made to make all entries authentic and correct. For any corrections and additional valuable information, maps and photos you may have please contact

John Stephenson (Mobile 0431 481 451) Ex West Blowering & Tumut Resident, now living in Wollongong, NSW. Australia.

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